MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING
Coteford Junior School is dedicated to promoting the emotional health and well-being of all of our students. We understand that everyone faces life challenges that can make us vulnerable, and that anyone may require additional emotional support at times. We believe that positive mental health is everyone's concern and that we all have a role to play in it. Mrs Eckley is our Mental Health Lead, but all members of staff have received training in promoting positive mental health strategies.
Tools we use to identify and support:
- Analysis of our behaviour and safeguarding system – My Concern
- Parental concerns / referrals
- Pupil voice / surveys
- Observations of children, e.g., changes in behaviour or work
- PSHE sessions
We offer different levels of support:
- Universal support – through our overall school ethos and curriculum, we strive to meet the needs of all of our students. For example, developing resilience for all and building a strong inclusive community in which everyone feels valued and belongs.
- Additional support - for those with short-term needs and those who have been rendered vulnerable by life experiences such as bereavement and difficult circumstances outside of school.
- Targeted support - for students who require more differentiated support and resources, or who require specific targeted interventions such as sessions with our school counsellor. Referrals to outside agencies, such as the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), are another type of targeted support.
Examples of our support:
- Behavioural Interventions
- Transition to Year 3 or Year 7 school programs
- Support at playtimes/ lunchtimes
- PSHE lessons
- Lunchtime clubs
- Interventions such as Friendship Club and Bereavement Support Club
- Speech and language support
- Individual pastoral support
- School counsellor
Directory of Services that we strongly recommend:
- Young Minds - a fantastic organisation offering free, confidential online and telephone support, including information and advice, to any adult worried about the emotional problems, behaviour or mental health of a child or young person.
- ChildLine - ChildLine is the UK’s free helpline for children and young people. It provides a confidential telephone counselling service for any child or young person with a problem. It comforts, advises and protects. You can visit the Childline Explore section for advice and information on a range of topics. Freephone 0800 1111
- Kooth - free online support for young people. Kooth counsellors are online Monday-Friday, 12 noon till 10pm and weekends, 6pm till 10pm.
- Every Mind Matters | One You - a public health England and NHS site to help people take simple steps to look after their mental health, improve their mental wellbeing and support others.
- Winston’s Wish - the death of a parent, brother or sister is one of the most fundamental losses a child will ever face. At Winston’s Wish, they believe that bereaved children need support to make sense of death and rebuild their lives. The Winston’s Wish Helpline offers support, information and guidance to all those caring for a bereaved child or young person. Helpline 08452 03 04 05 (Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm, and Wednesday evenings, 7pm to 9.30 pm)
- Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) – 01895 256521
- Anna Freud Centre – this is a charity with a wealth of resources available for families to use.
- Hillingdon SENDIASS is a free, confidential and impartial support service for parents and carers, children and young people up to 25 years where the child or young person has or may have special educational needs.
- Centre for ADHD and Autism support – this is a local support group who provide support and understanding for local families.
- Urgent Crisis Lines from the NHS – helpline numbers for families in crisis.